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Narbheram Hansraj English School welcomed a special guest on Wednesday.

Meena Modi, a Hertfordshire, England-based mentor, who was awarded the Order of the British Empire merit in 2011, made her way to the city to share and discuss ideas on strengthening the academic base of students and nurturing them in a better manner.

Modi, a former head teacher of Watford-based Chater Infant School (2004-2011), took part in a talk titled Transforming Satisfactory School to Outstanding on the Nabheram school premises.

Focussing on doing the basics right during her talk, Modi — who has been an academic for close to 16 years now — highlighted some of the simple yet most often ignored areas in the education system of India.

“We constantly try to improve our systems. The aim is to create leaders out of everybody. Do away with rote learning, involve parents in the education system and set easy targets that the children can achieve,” Modi said addressing the gathering.

She added that in order to earn respect the teachers should start respecting a child.

“For teachers it is very important to know if your child respects you or not,” she said.

Parents are an integral part of the education system Modi claimed, while underlining the needs of involving the guardians right from the very beginning. Since a school is usually made up of students from various backgrounds and religion, it becomes important for the parents to step in and teach their children at home.

“Initially, involving parents is not easy. I remember, the first day I invited the parents of my students over for a meeting, only one of them showed up. But things have improved now. There are close to 12 guardians now who have learnt mathematics just to teach their kids at home,” Modi said.

Narbheram teacher Nakul D. Kamani, who is also the president of the cradle, appeared highly impressed by what Modi said.

“The involvement of parents should not be restricted to the two or three parent-teacher meetings that take place in a year. They should be kept in tune continuously with the learning process of their wards. We would like to implement some of the practises talked about today in our cradle for real,” Kamani said.

Kamani’s colleague Manju Verma said kids should always be given small targets for improving themselves.

“It is not only about putting a ticking or marking papers. We need to make the children understand their mistakes and see to it they do not repeat it,” Verma said.